You will need:
Large pot to boil in....
Washing Soda (NOT baking soda) 1 cup
Borax 1 cup
1/2 bar of Fels-Naptha soap (found in your laundry soap isle)
1 whole bar of Ivory soap
couple drops of dish soap (optional)
1. Grate soaps with an old cheese grater.
2. Fill your pan with about 2 quarts of water and heat on medium
3. Pour grated soap into heated water and slowly cook until dissolved. Stirring occassionally.
When your grated soap has dissolved, it should look like this.
4. Pour washing soda, & borax into warm water and still heat until dissolved.
5. Fill your pan to the top with water & stir again.
This is what your laundry soap should look like when it is finished. When it sits for a few hours, it will become a thick gel. If you want it more of a liquid, then use an old hand mixer. Works like a charm.
I only use 1/4 cup to do a large load of laundry. Also I sometimes mix in a few drops of Dawn dish soap to help with grease. The small amount will not cause suds.
This recipe is also safe to use in an HE washing machine. There is no sudsing agents. Remember suds are not what makes your clothes clean!
This is a great way to save some money. I hear people all of the time that say they do not have time to make their own. This is fast and simple! If you have time to go to the store and buy the pricy laundry soaps, then you have time to make your own. Stay tuned for Jamie's laundry soap recipe....you might even like hers better than mine....